Church Serves up First Thanksgiving Dinner

By: Lauren Schmoll Email
By: Lauren Schmoll Email

RUSSELL, Ky. (WSAZ) -- One local church tried something totally new this Thanksgiving: A holiday feast for the masses.

You've heard the saying, build it and they will come. Well, at Russell Christian Baptist Church, the idea was "cook it and they will come."

And come they did.

It was just last week when they came up with the idea to offer a free thanksgiving dinner to the community.

They had more than 110 pounds of turkey, 80 pounds of mashed potatoes and plenty of stuffing and sweet tea.

Volunteers told, while they hoped they'd be able to feed a crowd it was really the idea behind it that mattered.

"When the Lord says love thy neighbor as thyself ... I mean, I always make sure I'm fed,” church member and volunteer Roger Perkins said. “So this to me is the epitome of what it's all about.”

“It's exciting,” organizer Janie Jenkins said. “It's a blessing. To give back.”

Janie Jenkins organized this whole meal. She says they served a total of 87 people Thursday.

They hope the meal gets even bigger next year.

And she's planning to do a similar dinner for Christmas.

They had some food left over-- and were able to donate it to the Frazier Nursing Home.

The Russell Christian Baptist Church is located at the foot of the Ironton-Russell Bridge.

In addition to these meals, they serve a free breakfast every Sunday morning and they say everyone is welcome.

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